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Biggest Shopping Day of the Year in China – Nov. 11

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Are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year? No – it’s not Black Friday in the U.S. The biggest shopping day of the year in on November 11 (Singles Day) in China. The holiday began as a celebration for people who are single, chosen because of the connection between singles and the number ‘1’. November 11 now serves as an occasion for single people to party – and shop.

How big is it? Well, last year it topped $9.3 billion in sales. Last year also marked the entry of many foreign brands entering the frenzy, all vying for a percentage of the sales on Alibaba’s retail platforms – Tmall and Taobao. This year the event is being touted as the biggest online shopping event in the world with more than six million products, 5,000+ international brands, 40,000+ merchants from 25 countries.

Why is it so important for global brands to enter this shopping day? Consider that there are roughly 300 million middle-class shoppers in China, rising to an estimated 500 million in the next 10-15 years.

While Singles Day may have originally started for lonely Chinese consumers, the shopping day now is seen as critical to driving China’s – and the world’s – economy. What will you buy?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Most students will not have previously heard of China’s Single Day. Discuss the shopping holiday and its importance in China.
  2. View a recent video about the 2015 event: https://youtu.be/NbPbcSq91H8
  3. Discuss how this holiday compares to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the U.S.
  4. What products do students expect to be big sellers on Singles Day? Why these products?

Source: Brandchannel.com, other media sources

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China’s 11.11 Singles Day Goes Global

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Quick – what is THE biggest shopping day of the year? If you answered Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you are close, but too late in November. The biggest shopping day of the year is actually China’s “Singles Day” on November 11. The holiday is a celebration for people who are single, chosen because of the connection between singles and the number ‘1’. It serves as an occasion for single people to party – and shop.

Last year, the holiday recorded a staggering single-day sales of approximately $5.75 billion in online sales. This year – be prepared for it to get even bigger. Estimates are that 26,000 vendors, including leading Chinese ecommerce companies Alibaba and Tmall, will participate for a projected sales total of $8 billion.

It’s not just online companies competing for sales; brick-and-mortar retailers are also looking to gain sales by offering steep discounts, special events in stores, and even extending the holiday for a few days past Nov. 11. The event is not just limited to China – vendors and shoppers in New York, Paris, Japan, Korea, Australia, and other countries are getting in on the action. The purchases all have to be shipped also – an estimated 500 million packages are expected to be delivered this year as part of the sales.

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Most students will not have previously heard of China’s Single Day. Discuss the shopping holiday and its importance in China.
  2. Show the videos about Singles Day:

http://youtu.be/LHj3oXjRZkw

http://youtu.be/uXE6HZXTBmQ

http://youtu.be/yjYV14rKpu4

  1. Discuss how this holiday compares to the U.S. shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  2. What products do students expect to be big sellers on Singles Day? Why these products?

Source: Bloomberg News, Brandchannel.com

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